Tuesday, December 29, 2015
Saturday, December 26, 2015
Saturday, December 19, 2015
I love the challenge of choosing which Snippet to share and this week was really hard. In the end, I decided to go with a newly written section of Guitars and Cages 2 Ranch Days (working title)
“Everything. It has everything to do with why I hope you die in here, you prick!” Asher snarled, wishing he could reach through the glass.
Title: Men in Uniform
Authors: Eric Gober, CJ Baty, Alina Popescu, Kassandra Lea, Asta Idonea, Eddy LeFey, Lily Velden, Jim Dunaway, Carol Pedroso, Jo Tannah
Genre: Gay Romance, Military, Contemporary, Fantasy, Mystery, Science Fiction
Publisher: Wayward Ink Publshing
SynopsisLike your boys in blue keeping the… peace?
Hot firemen dealing with… heat?
Naval Officers getting in way too… deep?
Perhaps you have a ‘thing’ for marines…
Or do you prefer your Men In Uniform to belong in the future?
Wherever your love of a uniform leads you, MEN IN UNIFORM has something for you.
The Firefighter and the Marine by Jim Dunaway
Before Kenny could start walking toward the ladder truck, he saw an unconscious man leaning out of a second-floor window. Grabbing an ax and a blanket, Kenny ran into the building and up the stairs, searching the smoke-filled hallways to find the right apartment. Breaking down the door, he rushed to the man, and threw the blanket over him as he used a fireman’s carry to get him out of the building. By the time he got the man outside Kenny was coughing hard, soot coming out of his mouth with every cough.
“He’s alive. Wait a minute. You only have one in reserve?”
“Yeah; the higher-ups keep cutting them out of our budget. Captain Bartlett has been fighting that battle for a couple of years now.”
“I’ll make sure you get more of them. However, that does not justify the stunt you pulled. You’re one of the most dedicated—and decorated—firefighters in the county, so I know you know better. It was inexcusable. You could have died! You should have called to your team inside or grabbed another firefighter’s air tank. You’ve put me in a difficult position. You were put in temporary command while Captain Bartlett’s wife is having the baby. What in hell am I supposed to do now?”
Issue #1 by Eric Gober was absolutely hilarious, I loved the depiction of a street performers life on Hollywood blvd, as well as seeing some of the issues the cops have to deal with. Their story was just the perfect length to show how Officer Buck and Stef meet, while leaving the reader plenty to speculate about for their future. The title alone left me hoping that they would appear again and another anthology or even a larger story down the line.
The Pinkerton Man by C.J. Batey was a really interesting story. I don’t read a lot of mysteries, but this one sucked me in and reminded me of the love I’d had for true crime stories back in collage. The fact that it was a period piece just added to my enjoyment of the tale. That it ended the way it did, well, that just left me hooked on the characters, the case, and wondering what in the world was going to happen after that much unexpected development.
Alina Popescu’s Protect the Ex was amazing! Tension right off the bat, some angst, and the threat of danger hanging over everyone’s heads. Coupled with ex’s in a remote cabin and this is a recipe for some steamy fireworks and oh my god did it not disappoint. Loved the curveball thrown into the story and the direction it took things and totally did NOT see it coming, which was great. Loved this story!
A spark in the shadows by Kassandra Lea was a sweet, endearing little fantasy piece with two rather unique characters who most certainly could have been considered an odd couple. This was tantalizing and fluffy in a wonderfully delicious way. Certainly two characters I would love to see appear in a bigger story. I love the world that was portrayed here and would enjoy seeing much more of it as well.
His Heart Held Hostage by Asta Idonea was a wonderfully sweet fantasy piece with just the right bit of steam near the end. Shame on the general for his treatment of the prince, but I’m pretty sure the captain’s friendship more than made up for it. The queen proved to be gracious, kind, and concerned for her country’s captive, and Darius’ biggest ally during his confinement there, while Morton’s concern for the prince opened the door for friendship between them to bloom. It would have been so easy for Darius to become bitter over his situation, I love that he came to embrace what was around him. Loved this story a great deal and would love to see this pairing of characters again.
The Emperor’s Slave by Eddy Lefey ohhh I loved this one. A huge dash of Sci Fi and lots and lots of steamy bits, the whole story was engaging and really original. I found myself drawn in right from the beginning and hoping that Timothy would survive, but even better, he thrived and wow, where he ended up vs where he started, that was a ton of progress from a short story and so thrilling, the drama and action that took place. This one sucked me right in. What an amazing story.
Yes!Yes!Yes! by Lily Velden This made me laugh so hard, the stalking of Finn, and all of the speculation surrounding him, the way he became the narrators obsession, and wow, the noises coming through the walls and the fact that he actually tried to talk to Finn’s conquests. And Lily with the twist at the end. Ya’ll HAVE to read this story, just to get to the twist, it is seriously awesome!
The Firefighter and the Marine by Jim Dunaway was a sweet story with a firey hot beginning. I loved that these took their time getting to know one another, got to know the people important to each other, and spent their time together learning about one another and sharing simple things. I felt like, as a reader, I was being allowed a window into their lives, and it was wonderful, because they reminded me of the importance of the little things. Movies, conversation, culture, food. Very nicely done.
Blue Knight by Carol Pedroso started me off with anger and sadness, hoping something would be done for Jones, and I’m glad I did not have to wait too long for things to get moving. I like a story that inspired emotions and comes with surprises and this one fit the bill.
The Royal Guardian by Jo Tannah yanked me in right from the first page. I found myself wanting to know more about their world, but also just enjoying the character of Lando and his memories for the past. Bobik and his connection to Kallen was really awesome and learning how they came together and grew, as well as Lando’s constant presence and involvement, made it easy to see how Lando’s closeness with Kallen had expanded and grown. I loved this story, I love dragons, and this world seems absolutely amazing!
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Issue No. 1
Come to a land…
Where epic battles rage…
Among monsters, superheroes, and a very sexy cop.
Love and war are funny business in Hollywood, U.S.A.
The Pinkerton Man
A blackmailer forced Stiles to leave his perfect life behind.
Along the way, he found a new friend, a job as a Pinkerton Agent, and murder.
Can Stiles find the murderer before he kills again?
Mission: Protect the Ex
Sean never thought his military career would ever have him babysitting his ex who Sean hasn’t seen in six months.
When best friend Tom finds out his younger brother Aiden is targeted, Sean drops everything to protect the man he still loves.
Can two former lovers survive a weekend alone in the woods, or will the threat from within be more devastating than the one from outside?
A Spark in the Shadows
Love beckons Officer Warden Brooks to the shadows of a desolate place.
But his lover Tate Eldridge is so much more than a criminal, he’s a beautiful mystery.
His Heart Held Hostage
When his father loses the battle against Hrafnaheim, Prince Darius finds himself a political prisoner.
Taken in chains to a dark and unfamiliar land, he begins to lose hope.
But then Captain Morten Gunnarsson of the Palace Guards is assigned to watch over him.
Now it is not just Darius’ body being held hostage, but also his heart.
The Emperor’s Slave
When the Draaduuri arrived on Earth many humans died.
Captain Timothy Kellerman’s family was among them
Now, a truce has been struck. He is the prize.
Crown Prince Yuuhaan has instantly bonded with his slave.
Can the prince keep his baser instincts in check long enough for Timothy to transform?
To become the next great hope of the Draaduuri and the human race?
Yes! Yes! Yes!
Go to Portsmouth, said my friends. It’s quieter. You’ll be able to write without distraction.
They obviously hadn’t met my mysterious and elusive neighbour, Finn.…
After all, what would a Friday night be without hearing Moaner, Gusher, or Squeaker screaming out their joy at being shagged senseless by the obviously talented Finn?
Come to think of it, what would a Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday night be without it either?
Thank God for Mondays!
The Firefighter and the Marine
Apartment building fires are always tragic, even if everyone makes it out alive. But what happens when a person can’t make it out on their own?
Brave firefighters must risk their lives in order to rescue trapped people.
Lieutenant Kenny Whitfield is one such firefighter. Brave and somewhat reckless.
Lance Corporal Steve Martinson is one such person in need.
When Kenny and Steve meet face to face in the hospital, well…
Franc has resigned himself to yet another year of pain and humiliation in order to complete his on ship training.
Then along comes Zyph, with his sexy blue skin and probing questions…
Will he be Franc’s Blue Knight?
The Royal Guardian
Warrior and Dragon Seek to Destroy Those Who Had Dared Harm Their Prince.
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Friday, December 18, 2015
Meet the Author:
Title: Indigo Road
Author: R.J. Jones
Genre: New Adult, Gay Romance, Contemporary
Cover artist: Meredith Russell
Two best friends take a year off to find themselves… and end up finding each other.
Joshua Simpson has just finished four years at Purdue University, but that’s not why he’s buzzing with excitement. Once they’ve said goodbye to their families, Josh and his best friend Alex are taking off to discover America in an old but reliable VW van, planning on not seeing snow for an entire year.
Josh has always considered himself straight—except for that one time in college—so when he and Alex are living in such close proximity on the road, he’s unsure what these new feelings mean. Is it because they’re spending 24/7 together, or is it something deeper? And does it really matter since Josh has only ever seen Alex with women?
While in Oregon, Josh meets Johnno, a sexy but confusing Aussie surfer. While having an impromptu surfing lesson, Johnno helps Josh realize who he is and what he wants—but Alex’s reaction leaves Josh confused.
From a Montana ranch to the bright lights and dangerous streets of Los Angeles to a dark and lonely deserted highway in Alabama, join Josh and Alex as they drive around the US, discovering not only who they are, but who they can be together.
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WE STUMBLED up the stairs to our room at the B&B, and no sooner had we closed the door than Alex had me pinned against it, mouth assaulting my throat.
“Tell me this isn’t weird,” Alex said on a breath.
“It’s not weird. It’s right.”
“Tell me… tell me you want this as much as I do.”
Alex’s lips made their way to my ear and the soft spot behind it, making any coherent thought impossible.
“Want… you,” I managed to squeeze out.
In an instant, his body was gone from mine and I was left cold without him. Alex grabbed my hand and led me quickly to the bed, pushing me down and climbing on top.
“I don’t know what I’m doing,” he said, resuming the assault on my throat as he pushed my shirt up. He found a nipple and tweaked it hard.
“Ungh, more of that.”
My hips had a mind of their own as they bucked, trying to find some friction. I’d never been so turned on. Alex palmed my cock through my jeans, his movements gentle and hesitant.
“Is this okay?” Alex asked.
“Better if my jeans weren’t in the way.”
I stopped his movement, placing my hand over his but not removing it from my groin.
“It’s okay. We don’t have to do anything you don’t want to. I have no idea what I’m doing either, but I know I want something.” Alex smiled, his eyes shining. “I’m so glad you’re just as clueless.”
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About the author
R.J. Jones started as a reader and eventually made the progression to reviewing. It wasn’t until two men popped into her thoughts, insisting on telling her their story that she started to write.
It started with one scene. A hot and dirty one in the shower…
R.J.’s initial thought was if she could write their scene then they’d shut up and allow her to concentrate on other aspects of her day. Not so. That shower scene ended up being 3000 words long and three hours of work. And still, they didn’t shut up. They told her their entire story and she didn’t sleep for days. Sometimes she couldn’t keep up with what they were telling her and she had to keep a notebook by her bed.
Whilst she was writing their story a side character decided he needed his story told too. Then other characters followed suit.
You see the problem? If she ever wants to sleep again then she needs to write.
R.J. is a wife and a mother to two boys. She is surrounded by males. Even her dog is a boy.
R.J. Jones can be found at:
Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Title: Snow White & the Seven Angels
Series: Queerky Tales
Author: Rhys Ethan
Genre: Fantasy, Fairy Tale, LGBT, Retelling, Kids’ Books
The classic tales you know, the characters with secrets you don’t
White has a secret. One he has shared with his family to no avail. When he meets the Prince of his dreams, he decides he can no longer live a lie, but in order to do so, he will have to face his worst nightmares.
Queerky Tales is a series of classic fairy tales retold with LGBT characters. Snow White & the Seven Angels is about fighting for your happy-ever-after, whatever shape it comes in.
For children and adults alike.
Snow White & the Seven Angels (Queerky Tales #1)
Two gentle taps on the door let Queen Skylar of her son’s arrival.
‘Come inside, son,’ she responded assuming a stern voice. She wanted to get her message across loud and clear. ‘Take a seat.’
White sat down on the other end of the queen’s desk and stared at his mother.
‘I wanted to talk to you, White. I’ve been very concerned about you lately and it’s about time we have a conversation about your responsibilities to our kingdom,’ the queen never sat down. Instead she towered over her son.
‘What about my responsibilities, Mother?’ White enquired with a tender voice.
‘You see, White, a prince has certain duties towards his people. Meeting with them, listening to their problems, attempting to fix those problems, make the lives of everyone under their ruling the best it can be—’ she begun explaining.
‘But I do all of those things, Mother,’ White interrupted her.
‘There are of course other responsibilities a prince has,’ she continued as if he hadn’t spoken at all, ‘like learning sword fighting, archery, strategy, all to enhance the future king’s abilities to protect his people.’
‘I do not think those are necessary skills when I’m planning to rule solely based on love and compassion,’ White reiterated, but the queen laughed.
‘Do you think you can love your kingdom out of enemy battles? That is a very naive way for a prince to think. It’s not how the world works, White, but it’s not just that. A prince is not supposed to be in the company of girls unless he’s planning to marry one of them. Yet, you spend all your time with village girls, and what’s worse, they call you princess and you wear their dresses,’ Queen Skylar finally sat down across her child, pleading for an explanation.
‘I like wearing dresses, Mother. They make me feel…at home,’ White explained.
The queen was startled by his response. ‘What do you mean by that, White?’
White withdrew his eyes from his mother’s and instead focused on the inanimate desk in front of him. An object that wouldn’t pass judgement on him for what he was about to say.
‘I’ve been wanting to talk you, Mother, but I’ve always cowered from doing so. It’s been a while now that I’ve been having those feelings, and at first I thought nothing of them, that they were fleeting. But they weren’t. If anything, they’ve become stronger. Those feelings tell me I am not a prince, nor am I a boy. It feels as if I’m inhabiting the wrong body. As if I was meant to be born…a girl, but something went wrong and instead was born in the body of a boy. When I first played princesses with my friends and I was treated as one, if only for pretend and for a short amount of time, I felt…I felt like it was right. I felt it was,’ White was crying now. He was overcome by emotions and his worry that his mother would reject him.
The queen saw the heartbreak in her son’s eyes and approached him. She gave him a compassionate hug and whispered in his ear. ‘It’s okay, White. Everything is going to be okay now. I will help you.’
White embraced his mother and she soothed him for as long as necessary to calm him down and dry his eyes.
‘Maybe you feel like this because you never had a father to show you the prince ways. Maybe if you train, those feelings will go away,’ Skylar stated.
‘I don’t know if they will,’ White insisted.
‘Well, still, we must try,’ the queen repeated and walked towards the door to shout an order to the guard outside.
‘I don’t know if I want them to.’
This was such a sweet fairy tale retelling, with a lot of little twists and turns to truly make it unique. Snow White & the Seven Angels is a story about hope, and the desire to be the person that one truly sees themselves to be, despite how hard others might work to prevent it. As with any fairy tale, there is an evil villain, a hero, sometimes more than one, and a person yearning for something that seems just out of reach. This isn’t Disney’s Snow White, and you won’t find any birds here, what you will find is a kind and carrying ghost, seven angels who go all out to make a dream come true, and a prince who understands the true meaning of love. This is a story packed with feel good moments that just begs to read time and time again.
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About the Author
Rhys Christopher Ethan is by no means a scientist, but he is an architect of his own fantasy worlds; an illustrator of emotional and multi-dimensional characters; a doctor of creativity and inspiration and a chemist of genres; mixing two or more, to find the perfect fit for his creations. He lives in a small, dusty lab he calls Home in London and works hard to bring his experiments out into the world. His companions (for now) are his pet-Laptop and his coffee-Booster and a bunch of notes, digitized and paper-wise. He voices his obsessions on his website http://www.rcethan.com, rants on twitter @Rhys_Ethan, shares messages on facebook.com/rcethan1 and pins his muses on pinterest.com/rcethan. You can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org, or if you’re telepathic, he will probably meet you in your dreams.
Sunday, December 13, 2015
Title: It’s Not Yule, It’s Me
Author: Michael P. Thomas
Genre: Gay Romance, Holiday themed, Comedy
Length: 15,700 words
Publisher: JMS Books
Shannon hates Christmas. Mostly because Christmas hates him. It sure seems like it, anyway: every crummy thing that’s happened to him since high school has befallen him at the Most Wonderful Time of the Year. Every humiliating break-up, every high-rise hotel fire—heck, a few years back, one guy he had the hots for up and died. Which goes a long way toward explaining why he’s a whimpering mess when he meets Ben the barista one Christmas morning at his neighborhood coffee house. It doesn’t completely excuse his using Ben’s T-shirt as a handkerchief—while Ben’s still in it—but Ben’s nothing if not a good sport. Ben’s such a bright spot that after a while Shannon wonders if maybe his Christmas Curse hasn’t been lifted. And what better place to test this theory than at Ben’s family festivities? It’s not like Christmas is actually cursed.
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“I’m Shannon, by the way,” he eventually says. “Have we done that already?”
“I don’t think so. Not officially, anyhow. I’m Ben.”
“You don’t sound French.”
“You should hear me arguing on the phone with my mom.”
“I mean ‘Ben.’ Doesn’t sound like a very French name.”
“Maybe not, but Benoît is more trouble than it’s worth.”
I was born in France, but raised in Colorado; I’ve only been to France a handful of times, none of them recent. My mother was born in this country and raised in Washington, DC, but by French parents. Her mother is ethnically Gujarati, but French by virtue of being from Réunion. We’re still parsing the extent of my French-ness when Seth rolls in, only fifteen minutes late.
“Hiya, Benny-Boy” he warbles, planting a kiss on the top of my head as he swoops by; Seth enjoys flaunting his straight-but-not-narrow status. “What’s goin’ on?”
“What you get is what you see,” I tell him.
“Zis what Santa brought you?” He jerks his chin at Shannon, makes a show of sizing us up as a party of two. “You musta been a pretty good boy this year.”
“Ix-nay on the Anta-Say,” I scold Seth, although we’re all three laughing. I get up from the table and bus it clean by way of making preparations to call it a day.
“Rough trip down the chimney, eh?” Seth says, waggling his eyebrows.
“Pretty much the worst euphemism ever,” I assure him as I shrug into my jacket.
He laughs, offers me a fist bump and a “Peace out,” both of which I return.
“So …” I say to Shannon, sidling up to him. “I’m done here. You wanna get a drink or something?”
“It’s like noon.”
“It’s Christmas Day.”
“Dude, how hard are you gonna make me work for this? What, you never had Chinese food?”
“It’s just, I’m supposed to go to my aunt and uncle’s … it’s not that I don’t want to … maybe another time?”
I shrug. “You know where to find me.”
I love Christmas stories, curling up with a great holiday read and some cocoa under the tree is a favorite pastime of mine, and this book right here, It’s Not Yule It’s Me, by Michael Thomas is absolutely perfect for a quiet afternoon of reading and baking. Shannon is a hot mess, a wonderfully tragic, quirky hot mess with a Christmas Curse that even the Grinch would have trouble being happy about. When you see how many holidays have gone wrong for him in the boyfriend department it’s easy to understand why he’s practically given up on Christmas.
Enter Ben, or more like, enter Shannon into the coffee shop Ben works at, and poor Ben just tries to be a nice guy and comfort him, and whoa, tears everywhere and how could Ben possibly forget that? The relationship that grows between them is sweet, touching, funny, loving, warm and just right for the holidays. There is an amazing twist of a moment that kind of sneaks up on you, and wow, did that throw my emotions into chaos for a moment.
I felt as if I got swept up in the story. I found myself cheering for Shannon and hoping that in Ben he’d found someone who would restore his faith in Christmas. And in Ben, I found a wonderfully loving character, who was charming, amusing, and very in-tune to Shannon’s emotions. Together, they were just the right level of spicy and sweet for an afternoon holiday tail. Four Dancing Gingerbread Men for this story that I plan to read at many more holidays to come.
About the author
Michael P. Thomas is a flight attendant whose writing is continually inspired by his work with the flying public, who flatly refuse to be boring. The author of three novel-length gay romances and a number of romantic and erotic shorts, he writes gay fiction because when he was coming out he sure was glad to have it to read. After misspending his youth in San Francisco, he now lives in his native Colorado with his husband.
Saturday, December 12, 2015
Friday, December 11, 2015
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